What’s this hiding out? Could it be another Awesome Cookbook to Give Away?

The 30-minute VeganWhy yes, look what we have here. The Cookbook Giveaway Week may have ended, but I have one more gem up for grabs. I hadn’t finished reviewing this cookbook before the week of festivities began, and since I don’t give away anything that I don’t love, I had to wait. But now, I am prepared to offer a brand new copy of The 30-Minute Vegan to one of you.

You can read my full review of the book here on Go Dairy Free. Or, if you are a visual person, take a gander at the items I made from the cookbook this week …

Chocolate Sesame Bonbons (SO good!)

raw sesame bonbons

Seasoned Spuds (a unique non-roasting technique with delicious roasted flavor)

vegan seasoned spuds

Now, to enter to win a copy of The 30-Minute Vegan your very own (or for a holiday gift!), leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite 30-minute or less dish, vegan or non-vegan, snack, sweet, beverage, or entree. Feel free to link if it is posted on your blog. Right now, my favorite is a carob smoothie – 1 sweet, ripe frozen banana, 1 tablespoon carob powder, and unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze.

Per standard, spread the word (blog, facebook, twitter, email, etc.) and leave a second comment letting me know where you did for a second entry.

Entries will close after Saturday, December 5th.

Also, the authors were kind enough to let me reprint a sample recipe for you, and it is a goodie (sorry, you will have to purchase the book for those scrumptious raw bonbons!) …


Live Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is from The 30-Minute Vegan, reprinted with permissions from the publisher.

“These puppies are a huge hit at our bakery in Kaua’i. The rolling technique is best carried out with the use of a Silpat (silicon baking sheet), Teflex sheet (used in dehydrators), or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You’ll also need a food processor. The icing is not necessary for you to enjoy this dish but pushes it into the decadent category. Cashews can be substituted for the coconut butter in the icing if you cannot find it or you don’t have a taste for coconut.”

This recipe is Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and Free of Refined Sugars.

  • 2 cups raw buckwheat groats (not kasha)
  • 2 cups + ½ cup pitted Medjool dates, packed
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Icing (optional)

  • ½ cup coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ¼ cup water or freshly squeezed orange juice

1. Process the buckwheat groats for 60 seconds in a food processor, or until they are finely ground. There will still be some whole kernels. Add 2 cups of the dates and continue to process for about 40 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon of the agave nectar and process for 30 seconds more, or until a sticky “dough” forms. If a piece of dough can be formed into a tight little ball, it is ready, otherwise add 1 teaspoon at a time of agave nectar until this desired stickiness is reached.

2. Transfer the dough to a flat work surface covered with a Silpat, a Teflex sheet, or parchment paper. Using your hands, press the dough into a rectangle that is roughly 9 x 11 inches and ¼ inch thick. Keep some water nearby to dip your fingers into, to prevent the dough from sticking to them. Position the dough so that the long side is parallel with the counter’s edge.

3. Process the remaining ½ cup of dates, 2 tablespoons of agave nectar, water, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor until as smooth as possible. There will probably be chunks because the quantity of mixture may be too small to process thoroughly. Remove the processor blade and stir in the raisins and walnuts. Spread the mixture over all of the dough except for about 1 inch along the far long edge.

4. Roll up the dough by making a small fold along the near long edge, pressing it down, peeling back the Silpat, and continuing to roll in the same way, making sure to press the whole thing together as you go so that you have a tight roll. Refrigerate while you make the icing and then cut the log into twelve even slices.

5. Blend all of the icing ingredients until smooth. Either drizzle it over the whole log or over the individual slices. There should be more than enough icing.


  • For a more devilish dessert, try making a Chocolate-Mint Roll by adding ½ cup raw cacao powder to the dough in step 1. Omit the cinnamon, add ¼ cup of raw cacao powder, and ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract to the filling in step 3. Also, in step 3 you can add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs along with the raisins, and replace the walnuts with macadamia nuts or omit them altogether.
  • Another richer variation would be to replace the buckwheat groats with an equal amount of almonds. Simply make almond flour in a high-powered blender or food processor and continue with the recipe.

Yields 12 rolls 


Photo credit: © Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray

134 thoughts on “What’s this hiding out? Could it be another Awesome Cookbook to Give Away?

  1. danielle

    My favorite 30-minute recipe is apple-stuffed acorn squash!

  2. that book looks great! My favorite current 30 minute or less meal is Sweet Potato & Black Bean Wraps


    not vegan because it has cheese

  3. Looks like a great book!

    I really like any simple Mark Bittman recipe–most are well under 30 minutes. A big favorite was this Thai “Pesto” which is used on fish but is also awesome on veggies. http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/quick-easy-monchong-with-thai-pesto.html

  4. Erma

    I like chicken fried rice.

  5. Rachel Lauren

    Those cinnamon rolls look so good!

    I basically just cook for myself. And I really love sweet potatoes, or cauliflower mash. also love oatbran with whatever fruit I have on hand and a big scoop of carob powder.

  6. sara

    I would love to win this cookbook! I need more recipes to make for my vegan hubby. My favorite quick dish I make for him is a black bean, corn, cilantro, salsa, and avocado mixture on a healthy wrap. He loves it!

  7. Heidi B.

    One of my favorite recipes is sooo easy to make.

    Hair Raisin’ Chicken

    4 chicken breasts
    1 cup ketchup
    1 (12oz) can of regular or diet coke

    Sounds weird huh! That’s what I thought until I gave it a try and….WOW! Yummy for sure!

    Heat a medium/large skillet on medium-high. Stir in ketchup and coke. Let it bubble a little then add chicken. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is done!

    It comes out so moist and tastes amazing! I am serious…give it a try.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Joannie

    My favorite quick Vegan recipe is hot brown rice, a tablespoon of sesame oil, and some chopped walnuts. Talk about delicious (and nutritious)!!

  9. Melanie

    My favorite is crispy tofu made with lots of curry and ginger atop of a salad with lots of avocado and sun-dried tomato.

  10. Jason Nickolay

    My favorite meal in under 30 minutes is stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Cheese and a marinara sauce


  11. Cathy R

    Mt favorite 30 minute dish is simply spaghetti with sauce

  12. Ashley Mauceri

    I love good old “meatballs” and sauce…YUM!

  13. Anna

    This cookbook looks great because it always seems like a lot of vegan recipes are much more complex = time-consuming! i love throwing together chopped sweet potatoes and apples, with a little olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and thyme or rosemary, then roast for about 25 minutes at high heat… sometimes i’ll add brussels sprouts too!

  14. Colleen

    I would love to have this.

  15. You are just full of awesome giveaways lately! And all the food you made from this book looks excellent. I think even vehement non-vegans would be sold.

    My favorite thirty minute or less meal has to be…a veggie and pasta dish with peanut sauce. The rate-limiting step is the time it takes to boil water!

  16. Ed Nemmers

    Lime sherbet and a lemon-lime soda. Seriously.

  17. Bethany

    I would love to have a copy of this! It would make this new vegan’s day!! (me, of course!)
    My favorite 30-minute meal would be a pasta or rice bowl.
    While the pasta or rice is cooking, I saute the veggies in a pan, and then add my grain to the pan when it’s done. Add a variety of spices and condiments, and it’s a yummy dish, especially while I’m on my one-hour dinner break. I get time to enjoy it!

  18. Rebecca L

    I cut up firm tofu into squares, fry them up with a little olive oil and eat them with peanut sauce. yummy.

  19. Rebecca L
  20. Melissa

    My favorite 30 min or less meal is a mock tuna salad- I mash up either tempeh or chickpeas with a fork, add in some soy “mayo”, spices, chopped celery or grated carrot, and whatever else sounds appealing, and throw it on some nice grainy bread!

  21. best 30 minutes meal: pasta with peanut sauce and peppers!

  22. Mike c

    My girlfriend is a vegan and she makes these insanely good vegan cupcakes. Like… amazing.

  23. christopher h

    my fave 30 minute dish is a no bake cheesecake

  24. Gayle Morgan

    Organic Hummus and a tray of raw vegetables – I eat this for lunch alot and it really fills you up

  25. Amanda

    Braised collards, broiled tofu from VCon, and microwaved mashed sweet potato with Earth Balance and a little brown sugar. Dinner is on the table in about 20 minutes!

  26. A bowl of oatmeal or a peanut butter sandwich.

  27. christina singer

    my son is vegan and I am not. I need HELP finding recipes he can eat that everyone will enjoy. the cinnamon roll recipe looks easy enough and delicious.

  28. Andrea

    I’ve got to agree with many already posted and say pasta, but to be specific: spaghetti. I love it with plain old tomato sauce and a large heaping of nutritional yeast and some garlic bread on the side. I could eat this every day (and I’m pretty sure some weeks I have!). Could use this book to change up my routine.

  29. Tim Hughes

    I really like simple & quick snacks like veggie dips so the possibilities are endless. My homemade honey mustard dip is Awesome but I am not sharing it, sorry.

  30. Lily Kwan

    I love yogurt!

  31. Gianna

    Pasta with arugula, olive oil, tomatoes and basil 🙂

  32. Ana

    Favorite snack (happens to be vegan): yam fries!

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